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  • Apple reportedly hires Hulu exec to negotiate future media deals

    Apple reportedly hires Hulu exec to negotiate future media deals

    If you believe past rumors, Apple has sometimes had difficulty getting the media industry to agree with its vision of the future. Its solution may be to hire from the industry itselfBloomberg claims that Apple has recruited Hulu’s Senior VP of Marketing and Distribution, Pete Distad, to negotiate future media deals. Neither company is commenting on the rumor, although the executive may not be immediately necessary: Bloomberg also believes that Apple is near an agreement that would bring Time Warner Cable subscribers and services to Apple TV boxes within “a few months.” Whether or not that deal happens, we suspect that Distad could at least help realize Tim Cook’s grand vision for TV.

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    Source: Bloomberg

  • Sharp intros 32-inch IGZO monitor with 4K resolution and pen support
    Sharp intros 32inch IGZO monitor with 4K resolution and support for touch pen

    The majority of the world is still patiently waiting for 4K technology to become more widely adopted, and companies are certainly doing all they can to assist in speeding up that process. Following in the footsteps of ASUS, Sharp’s now introducing an Ultra HD, IGZO panel of its own, the PN-K322B. Aside from boasting a 3,840 x 2,160 screen resolution, this 32-inch multi-touch monitor also features the ability to support digital writing (or drawing) by way of a “dedicated touch pen with a pen-tip width of just 2mm.” Ports-wise, the LED-backlit PN-K322B houses two HDMI inputs, a DisplayPort and a 3.5mm stereo jack to help get some external audio going. Mum’s the word on how much it’ll cost when it arrives in Japan on July 30th, but if other similar options are any indication, we’d say upwards of $3,500 is a safe bet.

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    Via: SlashGear

    Source: Sharp

  • Into the heart of CERN: an undergound tour of the Large Hadron Collider (video)


    “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
    ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

    I’ve been to see ALICE — though there was no looking glass to jump through, just a retina scanner and one very long elevator ride down into the earth. I’ve toured a CMS that has nothing to do with online publishing. I’ve even gently laid my body on the most powerful particle accelerator in the world and raised the ire of surrounding engineers in the interest of a good shot. I did all of this at CERN, the international particle physics laboratory located near Geneva, Switzerland. But you probably know it best as the birthplace of the world wide web and home of the Large Hadron Collider. And, yes, it was all exactly like a walking fever dream.

    Gallery: CERN

    Gallery: CERN CMS

    Gallery: CERN ALICE

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  • Yahoo acquires video sharing startup Qwiki

    Yahoo acquires video sharing startup Qwiki

    If you thought Marissa Mayer was done snatching up companies and was ready to turn her focus internally, you were wrong. Clearly the CEO sees no reason why the company can’t handle both simultaneously. So, while the forgotten brands are shuttered and the merely struggling ones given fresh coats of paint, new products are joining the Yahoo family. The latest addition is bouncing baby iOS app called Qwiki: a standout from TechCrunch Disrupt 2010, at which Mayer was a judge. The startup combines Vine-like social video sharing with Zoe-esque filters, photo transitions and soundtracks to create “stories.” After you’ve collected and edit your material, you can post your Qwiki (apparently the creators have a slightly sophomoric sense of humor) for others to see. Obviously the purchase is meant to keep Yahoo competitive with Facebook and Twitter, which have their own respective video sharing platforms. If you mosey on past the break you’ll find a pleasant little celebratory video from the latest startup to sell out.

    Update: Unfortunately it appears that Qwiki’s servers are a little overwhelmed right now. We’ll add the video back when the service comes back online.

    Update 2: And, the story of Qwiki and Yahoo is back online for your viewing pleasure.

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    Source: Yahoo

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